Vijaya Kumar


Faculty Profile

Associate Professor - Clinical

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4201 Saint Antoine Street
UHC - 6G
Detroit, MI 48201


After completing his graduation in medicine and post-graduation in public health from India, Dr. Kumar went on to complete his residency and fellowship in Clinical Research in Emergency Medicine at Wayne State University (WSU) , followed by an MPH from University of Michigan. He has been research faculty in the department of EM at WSU since 2012 and his EM Research focus is cardiovascular diseases while his Global Health (GH) research focus is women's health in the rural health setting and research capacity development.

As PI or co-Investigator on several university and federally funded grants, Dr. Kumar has successfully administered the projects (e.g., staffing, research protections, budget), collaborated with other researchers, and produced several peer-reviewed publications. He has continued his passion for cardiovascular medicine through his research career, initially by securing a grant to improve outpatient follow up of low-risk Chest Pain patients , he has been involved with a project comparing catheter directed thrombolysis and standard of care in massive and Sub massive PE and have had several abstracts accepted on the same topic, his focus now is the association between COVID 19 and Thromboembolic disease. During the COVID 19 Pandemic he has been working on several global collaborative efforts to create a cohesive global effort, this includes a survey to assess the global response to the pandemic, comparison of ED triage and resilience of the health force during the pandemic.

Dr. Kumar has a broad background in global health, with specific training and expertise in public health both from the US and India. He was part of a working group which wrote an international perspective to emergency department overcrowding, travelled to Jamaica and multiple cities in India conducting research workshops for emergency medicine faculty, residents and fellows. He is the co-director of the GH research collaborative (GHRC) at WSU and just concluded the first GH research training and mentoring workshop where there were 38 participants from 20 countries who attended the 4-week course.

He is presently the Associate Director of the Global Health Section and International Emergency Medicine Fellowship; his goal is to improve clinical research and standardization of emergency medicine care globally. He is a manuscript reviewer for Annals of Emergency Medicine and Journal of ACEP while being on the research committees at ACEP and SAEM and the global emergency medicine committee at SAEM. He is on the editorial board of Michigan Journal of Public Health and has numerous publications both in emergency medicine and global health.
Dr. Kumar is a full time EM physician for Michigan Center Emergency Services (DMC/WSU) , he was recently named the Research Director at Harper University Hospital and the vice chair of the MP2 IRB Board at WSU.

Research Description

Global Health and Emergency Medicine

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